Forgetting Sarah Marshall

9 07 2008

The theatrical post to the film \"Forgetting Sarah Marshall\"

South African Theatrical Release: 20 June 2008

Running Time: 110 minutes

Websites: IMDB Page

I would describe Forgetting Sarah Marshall as a romantic comedy, but there are honestly a multitude of ways to describe this movie. Judd Apatow is one phrase that immediately springs to mind, and if you have seen his earlier works, such as Superbad, The 40-Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up, you will know immediately what I am talking about. A chick flick from a guy’s perspective also succinctly describes this movie as well. Whatever way you look at it however, there is no escaping the fact that Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a good movie.

It tells the story of Peter Bretter (Jason Segel), and his reaction to his famous girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) leaving him for famous British rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand).  On the advice of his step-brother, he goes on vacation to Hawaii, but in a supreme twist of irony, Sarah Marshall and her new boyfriend are there too. This unfortunate set of circumstances could also lead some to describe the movie as a sitcom, as all the comedy comes from the situation at hand.

Segel’s performance is masterful, but fans of How I Met Your Mother are in for a surprise: gone is the lovable character of Marshall, replaced by the more … mature … character of Peter, who swears, makes sexual innuendos and is naked a lot more than most normal people are (warning, there are about four full frontal nude scenes, those with weak stomachs or uptight about that sort of thing are advised to be wary and cover their eyes). However, once you get over the changes from his TV show character, you will really appreciate Segel’s performance, especially if you have ever had a really bad breakup, like his character experiences.

Also deserving of special mention is Russel Brand, who is apparently pretty famous, even though I had never heard of him before. He pulls off the arrogant but strangely likable character of Aldous Snow really well, and you will alternate between wanting to punch him in the face to giving him a round of applause. Well, at least that’s how I felt while watching the movie. The role of the title character of Sarah Marshall is filled very well by Kristen Bell, who pulls off the character very well. (Sorry, saying anymore would probably spoil the movie, and I’m trying to go for as few spoilers as possible).

While watching this film, I found myself laughing at a lot of the jokes and even just random scenes when the rest of the cinema was surprisingly quiet. I don’t know if that says something about my sense of humour, cinema audiences, my perception, my dirty mind (again, you’ll get it when you’ve seen the movie), or just the general tone of the movie. Personally I think that there are a lot of jokes which most people will not catch or understand. In this way I think that it is more of a … highbrow? … comedy when compared to straight gross out films like the aforementioned Superbad or Knocked Up. At any rate I found most of the jokes very clever, if somewhat dirty.

Personally, I really enjoyed this movie. It was funny when it needed to be, with just the right amount of grossout to keep the movie interesting without crossing a decency line, while also keeping a nice romantic storyline with a lot of heart. I think that the actor’s portrayals had a lot to do with the last point as you really start to care for the characters, as least I did, especially the character of Peter.

The soundtrack of Forgetting Sarah Marshall is also very interesting. The character of Aldous Snow has his own band called Infant Sorrow, and this provides a few catchy tunes, but none more catchy than the random Hawaiian (I think?) version of “Nothing Compares 2 U” which plays as the final credits roll.

Once again I recommend this movie, especially if you are a fan of Judd Apatow movies, clever comedies (and aren’t too offended by sex and nudity) or a Jason Segel fan (How I Met Your Mother fans leave your fond memories of the character of Marshall at the cinema door please). Overall I’d give this movie an 8 out of 10.




One response

9 07 2008

This movie was the BOMB!!!!! It was a real Perspective on relationships.. and John Segel I will marry him someday!!!!! It was Hilarious.. GO SEE IT!!!

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